Non Sequitur: Diet Coke and Mentos

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Diet Coke Fountain
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If you frequent YouTube.com or Google Video, you’ve almost certainly seen a slew of videos in which people combine Mentos mints and Diet Coke with explosive results. Sunday evening after dinner, we were relaxing on the deck with friends and family after dinner when my mother declared that she wanted to see the Mentos and Diet Coke experiment.

We had neither Diet Coke nor Mentos in the house, so a trip to the grocery store was in order.

  • One box of Mentos mints: $1.09
  • Three 2-liter bottles of Diet Coke: $3.00
  • Mom encouraging her kids to play with their food: priceless

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7 responses to “Non Sequitur: Diet Coke and Mentos”

  1. KJwon Avatar
    KJwon

    I’ve seen several of the videos; I love the ones where the 2-liter bottle is slammed to the ground and it takes off like a rocket.

    …my mother declared that she wanted to see the Mentos and Diet Coke experiment…

    I just about had an accident in my pants when I read this…

    BTW, I love the picture of the fountain!!

  2. KJToo Avatar

    [Comment ID #2881 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Mom took the picture, and I like it a lot. I don’t think that’s the peak height of the fountain, but it’s probably pretty close.

    As far as pants accidents go, I know what you mean. The idea that we were essentially blowing stuff up at Mom’s insistence was darn near surreal.

  3. Thagg Avatar
    Thagg

    The idea that we were essentially blowing stuff up at Mom’s insistence was darn near surreal.

    Insistent and persistent.

    After seeing the Google Videos, Mother politely stated she would like to see that.

    Some time later, she restated her request.

    Getting no results, I believe she re-requested more firmly once again.

    Sensing that her offspring were being somewhat dense, she firmly reiterated her request, adding that she doesn’t ask for much.

    Later, with some irritation, she made her request one last time.

    KJToo and Lil’ Sis’s boyfriend got the message and headed out.

    Mother, quite pleased that someone was taking action, with a slight grin and a twinkle in her eye stated she didn’t even have to bring up anything about carrying him in her belly for nine months….

    And now you know the rest of the story.

  4. Thagg Avatar
    Thagg

    BTW, I love the picture of the fountain!!

    In one of the photos KJToo shows he is indeed a Finlander, as his tongue is sticking out whilst concentrating on dropping the Mentos into the bottle. When I showed MFC, she said “You do that”.

    I rest my case.

  5. Rae Avatar
    Rae

    What is a Mento? Is it a sucky sweetie or a choclatey sweetie. We don’t have them but I have to try that! It’s way cool!

  6. KJToo Avatar

    [Comment ID #2885 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Mentos, AKA “The Freshmaker” is a minty candy. Frankly, I’m surprised that you don’t have them, since the initial advertising campaign featured distinctly European types popping Mentos and then doing exceptionally clever things to overcome some sort of mildly annoying problem.

    For example, when a fellow in a business suit sits on a freshly-painted bench before the painter has a chance to place a “Wet Paint” sign upon it, thus ruining his suit with white stripes, he pops a Mentos and then rolls around on the bench to make the rest of his suit match the stripedness. Fresh and full of life, indeed.

  7. Elder Bigger Lil Sis Avatar
    Elder Bigger Lil Sis

    You are suprised at mom’s insistence on the Mentos and Diet Coke experiment? Isn’t this the same mom who used to play the knife game with her sons? I do believe you all stood in a circle and threw a knife at someone else’s feet, or something like that.

    Robin and I checked some of the videos out today, way cool.

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